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Maeser, Karl G.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1828-1901

Biographical History

Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) was a well-renowned educator and principal in Utah, particularly respected for his integral role in establishing the theme and focus of Brigham Young Academy.

Maeser was born in Saxony, Germany in January 1828. Maeser went to school in Germany and gained training in teaching. He worked as a teacher and private tutor in and around Germany. Karl G. Maeser married Anna Mieth in 1854. Maeser was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1855. He left Germany in 1856 for the United States and arrived in Utah in 1860.

Karl G. Maeser was the second principal of Brigham Young Academy and served from 1876 until 1892. Under Maeser, Brigham Young Academy established itself as one of the leading schools in Utah territory. Maeser placed the development of character above the development of intellect. In matters of morals and religious conduct, he saw things as black and white. He devised for Brigham Young Academy an intricate system of rules, regulations, and academic routine all designed to form habits of proper conduct.

In 1888 Maeser was made the first General Superintendent of Church Schools as part of the General Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maeser Published a book entitled "School and Fireside" in 1898 which reflected his views on education. He died in February 1901.

Citation

Cundick, R. The brothers, c1986: t.p. (a musical play in one act based on the life of Karl G. Maeser)

Sunday school work, 1892: t.p. (Karl G. Maeser)

Online Utah, via WWW, July 14, 2004 (Karl Gottfried Maeser; the first principal of Brigham Young Univ. [i.e. Brigham Young Academy] and general superintendent of the LDS Church school system; b. 16 Jan. 1828 in Saxony, Germany; d. 15 Feb. 1901)

OCLC, March 19, 2004 (hdg.: Maeser, Karl Gottfried, 1828-1901; usage: Karl G. Maeser)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Sept. 30, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser; Karl Gottfried Maeser; b. Jan. 16, 1828 in Meissen, Germany; d. Feb. 15, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah educator; member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; m. 1854 to Anna Mieth; served as missionary in England, Scotland, Penn., Switzerland, Calif.; m. 1875 to Emilie Damke)

Utah History Encyclopedia, via WWW, viewed Mar. 20, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser, b. Jan 1928 Saxony Germany, d. Feb 1901, schooling in Germany, taught and tutored in Germany, m. Anna Mieth 1854, baptized LDS 1855, left Germany 1856, arrived in Utah 1860, second principal of BYA 1876-1892, 1888 General Superintendent of Church Schools-General Board of Education of the LDS church, School and Fireside 1898)

Office of the President, viewed Mar. 20, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser, BYA leading schools in Utah territory, development of character over intellect, moral and religious conduct viewed as black and white, devised system of rules regulations and routine for proper conduct at BYA)

Found in 89 Collections and/or Records:

Reminiscences of Brigham Young Academy

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 594
Scope and Contents Contains an article on the origin of the Music department by Susa Young Gates; recollections of teaching in the Primary department by Anna Smoot Taylor; a brief overview of the Ladies Work department by Jennie Tanner; and a tribute to A. O. Smoot (authorship unknown).
Dates: Publication: 1892

A. LeGrand Richards collection on Karl G. Maeser

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7501
Scope and Contents Collection contains photocopies, transcripts, and translations of German articles pertaining to Karl G. Maeser collected by A. LeGrand Richards. The articles pertain to the associations Maeser had with teaching organizations and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1851 to 1856 in Germany.
Dates: 2009; 1851-1856

A. LeGrand Richards collection on Karl G. Maeser

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5629
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies made of German documents, approximately 1850-1860, related to Karl G. Maeser.
Dates: 1850-1852

Hyrum Gibbs Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 804
Scope and Contents Contains documents relating to the life of Hyrum Gibbs Smith. Materials discuss his role as the fifth Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 1912-1932, his education as a dentist during 1909-1910, and his personal life. Included are diaries, correspondence, realia, legal documents, and photographs. Materials were created in Salt Lake City, Utah and at the University of Southern California. Dated 1902-1976.
Dates: 1902-1976

Edward H. Snow papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2367
Scope and Contents This collection contains material from the life of Edward Hunter Snow and covers the years 1878-1932. These materials are in addition to other materials previously acquired by BYU.

Dates: 1878-1932

Talk by Edith Krause at the dedication of the Karl G. Maeser statue in Dresden, 14 July 2001

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5704
Scope and Contents Text of a talk about Maeser family history, which was given at the dedication of the Karl G. Maeser statue in Dresden. Dated July 14, 2001.
Dates: 2001 July 14

Eilene Thompson collection on Thompson family

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8232
Scope and Contents Contains an unpublished biography, hand-made and digital scrapbook, and the personal papers of Fredric Thompson, as well as materials related to Karl G. Maeser. Materials dated approximately 1868-2013.
Dates: approximately 1868-2013

William Whitaker sketches of university presidents

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5751
Scope and Contents Collection contains pencil sketches of all of the presidents of Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University from Warren N. Dusenberry to Rex E. Lee created by William Whitaker. Each of these are framed for housing purposes. The date of production of materials is 1996.
Dates: 1996 April

Aretta Young poems

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3926
Scope and Contents The Aretta Young Poems, 1883-1917, include two archival series: (1) Poems, 1883-1917 and (2) Photograph, Undated. Some poems were written about and dedicated to Karl G. Maeser on behalf of the students and faculty of Brigham Young Academy.
Dates: 1883-1917